Colorado Rights Blog


  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

RCRC Event: It’s Time to Talk About Reproductive Justice

Join the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Colorado as we welcome our panel of speakers for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion on reproductive justice focusing on the November’s ballot initiative, the so-called “personhood amendment.” Defining personhood is a controversial topic and is closely tied to concepts of equality, citizenship, and religion.

Personhood has long been a topic of debate. It was questioned during the abolition of slavery and the fight for women’s rights. It is the focus of discussions about abortion, and fetal and reproductive rights. There are many religious views on reproductive justice including what constitutes personhood, access to contraception, sexuality education, and reproductive health care including abortion.

When: Thursday, May 8, 7-8:30pm
Where: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver

THE EVENT IS FREE. After short remarks from each of our presenters, the discussion will be opened to Q&A. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. Although the event is free, please R.S.V.P. to with the number attending to ensure plenty of refreshments.

See flyer for more info.

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